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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 19, 2012 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

I'll definitely do that. I DL'd what I guess is the newer version of the uTorrent before I saw the posts that older was better. I'm testing it on something special for Xmas that can't be found here -- old TV show (probably 20 minutes worth) -- and so far, it's taken 2 hours to get 6.6 percent of that. It says "ETA 1d 8h," which I assume means that 20 minutes will take, well, 1 day 8 hours. Uh, I'm thinking it's faster in the States. I hope music files aren't that slow!!!!!!

Do you think it's best to get the older version that you've linked to and generally use that instead of the newer version I started running? My computer is a PC using Vista.

Thanks for all the help, everyone! This won't kill my computer, will it?

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Poster: JackDog Date: Dec 19, 2012 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

I think the only difference with the newer one is that there's an advertisement banner across it. And speed on torrents depends on your internet speed as well as how many seeders there are and their internet speeds. Forwarding your ports on your modem will also help with your speed on torrents.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 19, 2012 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

Uh, er, "forwarding your ports on your modem"?

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Poster: craven714 Date: Dec 19, 2012 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

welcome to the can-o-worms... Got Utorrent? good.

I hope it works for you. It can be good. But like anything
you got to learn how to use it. I was successful at one
time, but then I gave it up, due to other people using my
account, different computer usage, and other things (where to save things ~ i.e said folders, and ratio level are key).
The prob you might run into is you cant upload enough
(giving back to others) after DLing. Staying online to
share can sometimes be a prob>
Lossless is the most forgiving if you want to check there.
Etree is the poop too as stated.

Port forwarding and upload/download rate is important as well. Feed the seeders. As previously stated, the sooner
you get it on (220 seeders vrs 2), the better (and faster) are the chances. If its something old,
it might take forever if that comes first.
Monty can prolly help on that end. And I hope you have a
LOT of space on your hard drives. I need more shows...
Good luck. I hope you get it going>
and Yes 1 day and 8hrs = 1 day and 8hours. It's little bits
of shared info. You will need to leave your machine on
a long time (forever sometimes).
Hope somebody can help you more than me. Im sure of it...

and btw~ "a little googling should help" sounds like a
cheesy pick up line, but it will help. Hope you have the
time. Put that in your Veena and play it :)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 19, 2012 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

> And I hope you have a LOT of space on your hard drives.

When I first began using Utorrent/LL/etree I kinda didn't get what that meant. Santana Live at Budokan- sure! Talking Heads in an early filmed performance- why not? I suddenly need more shows and I can't defrag my hard drive b/c there is no more room to do Anything.
Then your searching for old threads on portable hard drives which you passed by before w/out a second thought.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Dec 20, 2012 4:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

I hear ya bro> I am up to 7 external hard drives. And that
is not counting whats on the 2 laptops and 3 desktops
involved. I need more shows...

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Poster: cosmicharIie Date: Dec 19, 2012 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

forwarding your ports on your modem...haha

the newest utorrent seems to skip that hassle. It must have Mando's feature, the backflow preventer valve.

One thing I'll do if the torrent seems sluggish yet has a bunch of seeds, I'll right click the torrent, click Stop wait a minute then Start. All I know is that it's worked for me. I have Windows Vista and even with a lot of seeders I don't go much over 300kbs.

Another thing I'll do (and I don't know if accomplishes much)I'll right click the torrent and click "Update Tracker"

My utorrent does have a bug tho, it won't leech any Vince shows and skips over Samba in the Rain - damndest thing!

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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 19, 2012 12:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

You should not need to with most newer modems. It really depends on the site you are grabbing from, number of seeders and their speed as well as your ISP speed.

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Poster: JackDog Date: Dec 19, 2012 1:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

I have dsl and AT&T sent me a new modem a few months ago and I had to forward my ports. Maybe it's a dsl thing that you don't have to do with cable modems?

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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 19, 2012 2:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Torrents for Dummies

Really not sure because every modem is different, and the new ones often are modem/routers as well. Without the make and model Im just guessing anyways.